The public infrastructure for electric vehicle charging is a mess. Some stations are free, while some require payment. Of the latter, you may have to be preregistered with the charging station network or need a chipped credit card to pay at the station. Recargo, the maker of the PlugShare charging station locator app, attempts to standardize payments for charging with its new Pay with PlugShare feature.PlugShare both a Web site and an app for iPhone and Android that shows the locations of public EV charging stations. Along with each station entry, users can add notes, most importantly explicit directions … Read more
When Lyft's co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green were brainstorming ways to set their San Francisco startup apart with a singular brand that people would instantly recognize, they opted for the weirder-is-better approach.
"It was obvious," Zimmer said, chuckling as he recounted the origin of the now-famous pink mustache.
It also was a stroke of marketing genius. Fueled by the loyalty of its users, the pink mustache -- which Lyft hands out to drivers to help identify their cars -- has made Lyft the most recognized ride sharing service in the transportation industry. Ride sharing services are … Read more
RealNetworks today gets into the cloud storage game with its new RealPlayer Cloud app. Available on a multitude of platforms, RealPlayer Cloud takes a videocentric approach to storage, and its success could mean a sort of rebirth for the arguably irrelevant streaming-media company.
At first glance, RealPlayer Cloud might seem like just another storage service, as it gives new users 2GB of free storage (US and Canada only) and offers premium plans that start at $4.99 per month. What sets this multiplatform app apart from other cloud storers like Dropbox and Google Drive, however, is that it is exclusively … Read more
When Apple announced that the iPhone 5S was going to come with the ability to capture slow-motion video, I was excited. Slowing down films of my kids has always been something I enjoyed doing, but I had to use various third-party apps or import the clips into iMovie in order to accomplish it. Now, with the iPhone 5S I have a native option to capture, edit and share slo-mo videos. And if you're lucky enough to have found a 5S in stock somewhere, you have the ability to create slo-mo videos with you at all times. Check out these five fun clips … Read more
When you create a user account in OS X, the system will create default share points for the account, so if you enable file sharing you can access your data with little additional effort, if any. Most of these shared locations, such as the home folder, are specific for the user itself; however, in addition to these the system will make the user's Public folder and its enclosed "Drop Box" folder more openly available to other users on the system.
While access to these folders is limited to the users on the system by default, if you … Read more
From features to speed, mobile browsing isn't quite what its desktop sibling is, but if Tuesday's Firefox 24 update is any indication, the gap between them is quickly shrinking.
The new, stable version of Firefox 24 for Android focuses on tying the mobile browser to several quick sharing tools.
Among the list of options in the Android menu button while using Firefox is now a "quickshare" button, based on your most commonly-used sharing tools. It lets you share with one tap and automatically picks up on your preferred sharing tools.
"Bump sharing" will also … Read more
Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat is now on equal footing with Facebook in the photo-sharing department. The app currently sees 350 million "snaps" sent per day, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel said Monday.
Spiegel announced the new figure, up from 200 million snaps in June, during an interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. The snap, the essence of the mobile app for iOS and Android, is a photo or video message users send to friends that disappears after a few seconds.
Because a snap can be likened to a photo share, one could argue that the 2-year-old … Read more
China's government on Monday made one thing clear to its citizens: spreading rumors online won't be tolerated.
The country's top court on Monday interpreted a law on how the spread of so-called "online rumors" should be handled by China's lawmakers. According to Reuters, which obtained a copy of that interpretation, if a particular rumor is posted to a Web page that has 5,000 or more visits or is reported on social-networking sites more than 500 times, the person publishing the rumor could face up to three years in jail.
China has for years … Read more
Facebook spent $1 billion to acquire Instagram in 2012 and is apparently ready to see a return on its investment.
Although no ads currently appear on the photo-sharing site, Instagram's new chief operating officer expects the site to be ready to begin selling ads within a year.
"We want to make money in the long term, but we don't have any short-term pressure," White told The Wall Street Journal.
EasyShareCam gives easy access to all of your sharing options by adding them directly below every photo you take. It might seem like a small change, but it can actually greatly streamline the process of taking and sharing images with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by e-mail.
There is not a lot to this app. You load it up, and can choose to either take a photo or load one from your photo album. A horizontal menu then pops up at the bottom of the screen, listing all of your system sharing options -- including Facebook, … Read more